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Norseman 447 Custom Aluminum

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Underwater profile

Sleeping berths

1 x diesel 85hp, Perkins 4236 (1989)

Seattle, WA USA - At Our Docks!


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Extra Details

Designer Robert Perry
Builder Lany Crocker
Lying Seattle, WA USA - At Our Docks!
Fuel capacity 155.0 USG Total - 2 Tanks
Water capacity 160.0 USG Total - 3 Tanks
Holding tank capacity 30.0 USG Total - 1 Tanks


Engine 1 x diesel 85hp
Engine make and model Perkins 4236 (1989)
Engine Hours Engine1: 3600
Engine Cooled Indirect
Steering Wheel
Drive Shaft
Prop(s) 3 bladed fixed bronze
Fuel consumption (approx) 1.2 USG /hour At Cruising Speed
Cruising speed (approx) 7 knots
Max speed (approx) 8.5 knots
Engine spares tick

30 amp hospital-grade isolation transformer. 60amp Guest galvanic isolator (2012) w/hot marina ground disconnect. New breakers 2012. Eight new Lifeline AGM batteries 2013 (over 1000 A-hr total). New outlets throughout. All lighting replaced or rebuilt (warm white LED). Heart charger / inverter. Dual alternators (40amp & 230amp switched). Heart inverter -- 1800 watts.
22 inch 3 blade fixed bronze prop L.H. with 13" pitch.
Hurth marine transmission


Length 46'0"
LWL 38'0"
Beam 12'11"
Draft Min 7'0"
Airdraft 60'0"
Displacement 28,999.9lbs
Headroom 6'3"
Storage In water


Cutter rigged Aluminium spars (1989) with Stainless Steel standing rigging (1989)


Reefing mainsail - Slab (1989) Fully Battened, Lazy Jacks,
Headsail - Furling (1989)
Other sails Spinnaker (1989)
Staysail (1989)
Spinnaker gear tick

Electrical Systems

12 volt, 8 batteries charged by: engine, shore power


Construction Aluminium
Underwater profile Fin
Finish Paint finish

She was custom built in Oregon after the Taswell Norseman 447 plans, but is stretched by over a foot and features many custom and "no expense spared" features. She is reported to have much improved performance over the Norseman 447 production model.

The fabrication work is so clean the boat looks like fiberglass popped out of a mold.The entire hull is epoxy covered 5086 marine grade aluminum with an Awlgrip finish.

New windows in 2012 and new hatches September 2013.

Two welded aluminum fuel tanks.
3 welded aluminum water tanks.

Measurements including tank capacities quoted in this listing are based on statements of the owner and/or published specifications. Waterline Boats and Boatshed have not independently verified the capacities listed.


Total # of berths 5
No. of double berths 2
No. of single berths 1
Cabin(s) 2
Sink 2
Shower 1
Heads 2 heads (Manual)
Stove tick
Oven tick
Sink tick
Fridge tick
Freezer tick
Cabin heating tick
Pressurised water system tick
Hot water system tick
Non-Smokers tick
Microwave tick

Starting aft, the master stateroom is accessed by the passageway to starboard and features a centerline queen berth with double reading lights, double bookshelves at the head and the foot of the berth, a hanging locker, many drawers, and a dresser with large mirror. The master stateroom has a large head with walk-in shower.

Moving forward, there is access to the engine space in the passageway. Forward of the engine room there is a hanging locker close to the companionway which is convenient for foul-weather gear.

At the base of the companionway the navigation area is to starboard and the galley to port. Forward of these is the well-ventilated, bright main salon. To port of the main salon is a U-shaped settee. Opposite, to starboard, is a single settee with extra storage space above.

Forward of the salon to port is the second full head with a large locker to starboard. Moving forward is the large guest cabin. The berth has reading lights, bookshelves, a hanging locker, storage drawers, and fishing pole racks.

Dickinson diesel heater provides cabin heat. Force-10 galley stove. Microwave. Five micron water filtration. Separated dual core fridge & freezer (engine and/or shore power). Galley & shower exhaust ventilation system (keeps down the humidity).

3 burner propane Stove

Nav Equipment

Compass tick
Speed tick
Log tick
Radar tick
VHF tick
GPS tick
Autopilot tick
Stereo tick
Navigation lights tick
Depth sounder tick
Radar Reflector tick

Ritchie Powerdamp compass on the steering binnacle.
B&G Focus, depth, speed, log combo unit.
King VHF - 7000
Raytheon R-10 Radar
Benmar Compu-Course 2000
Shipmate RS-5800 GPS

Deck Gear

Sail cover tick
Sprayhood tick
Spray dodgers tick
Rode tick
Fenders tick
Boathook tick
Cockpit Enclosure tick
Bimini tick

2 halyard winches
7 sheet winches
Electric Maxwell windlass
2 anchors
(CQR 60 lb / Bruce 40 lb)
250'0" of chain
Four easy-access deck lockers. Goiot hatches rebuilt 2013. Upgraded propane system (auto switches between tanks). Dodger/bimini only two years old. Over sized rigging.All running rigging runs to the cockpit. Quick release locking cams. Hydraulic back stay. Running back stays. Lewmar winches. Harken Roller Furling. Four sails (main, genoa, staysail, spinikar). Spring loaded vang. Mast-stored spinnaker/whisker pole. Harken traveler.


Rod Holders 2 Rod Holders

Safety Equipment

Fume detector tick
Gasolene Detector tick
Life jackets tick
Horn tick
Emergency steering tick

3 bilge pumps (1 manual / 2 electric)

Halon 1301 with auto heat sensing head in engine compartment

Bilge Pumps: Rule 2000gph with auto float and manual switching in engine compartment; Whale Gulper 220 with manual switch in engine compartment; Whale Gusher manual operated from salon in mid ship bilge

Fire Extinguishers (3) Kidde 2-½ lb dry chemical class 1-A; 10-B:C

Life Jackets (3) type II adult PDF

Life sling on aft deck stanchion

Radar Reflectors (2) Mounted in rigging

Propane Control Xintex remote propane control and monitor

Hand held horn

Alarm System
(1) Bilge
(2) Oil
(3) Engine
(4) Flow
(5) Fire

Broker's Comments

This Custom Aluminum 46 foot Norseman Center Cockpit Cutter was built upon Taswell Norseman 447 plans, but has been lengthened by over a foot. She won the Best New Metal Sailboat award in 1990 from the Metal Boat Show. She may quite possibly be the best 46 foot sailboat on Puget Sound. This boat is very strong and light for its size and performs like the high end vessel she is.

The hull is epoxy-coated 5086 marine grade aluminum, with an Awlgrip finish. A grinder is needed to get down to bare aluminum. Semi-flat bottom with a moderate free board, this boat is reported to "track like a Swan". With an over-sized skeg-hung rudder the boat will do a 360 in two boat lengths. Robert Perry himself called this "one of the finest fabrication assembly jobs I've ever seen".

This yacht has one of the lightest and brightest interiors around. Very cheery for those gray NW days.

These boat details are subject to contract.
Note: Offers on the asking price may be considered.

This Norseman 447 Custom Aluminum has been personally photographed and viewed by David Ritchey of Boatshed Seattle. Click here for contact details.
The particulars herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but are not guaranteed as accurate. They shall not form part of any offer or contract for the sale of the vessel. The prospective purchaser is recommended to independently check the particulars. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. Personal property is excluded from the sale of the vessel unless specifically included in the listing specifications above or in a Purchase Contract. Personal property may be equipment or gear not permanently attached to the vessel including but not limited to: artwork, entertainment equipment, fishing equipment, TV receivers, recreational equipment, kayaks, tools, and personal appliances. Photos that may incidentally depict owners' personal property do not convey that such items are included in the sale of the vessel unless specifically listed herein.

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